In The South

Applications open for IGLTA Foundation Tourism Scholarships, 2018

Besi Besemar September 27, 2017

Global program supports development of future leaders in LGBT+ travel.

The IGLTA Foundation is offering scholarships to attend the 35th Annual Global Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in Toronto, from May 9-12, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the Building Bridges Scholarship Program was created to support the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism professionals.

The program will cover travel to Toronto as well as accommodations and conference registration for the four-day event. The scholarships are available to students enrolled in a tourism-related program or LGBT+ small business owners in destinations without a well-established LGBT+ tourism infrastructure.

Gary Murakami,Chair of the IGLTA Foundation Board, said: “The IGLTA Foundation places a great degree of focus and support on our Building Bridges Scholarship Program, as we feel that this is a pivotal cornerstone to building future leaders in LGBT+ tourism,”

“Deserving students and emerging business professionals passionate about LGBT+ tourism that attend the IGLTA convention will be provided an unparalleled opportunity to receive critical learning and to access community leaders advancing LGBT+ global tourism.”

Scholarship recipients participate in all convention networking and educational sessions, ensuring they return home with the resources to further their careers and build their businesses.

Toronto Convention, from May 9-12, 2018
Toronto Convention, from May 9-12, 2018

Previous scholarship winners have come from Brazil, Colombia, China, Curacao, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Suriname and the United States.

2017 small business scholarship recipient Michael Gladwin, owner of 7th Element Experiences in South Africa, said: “The people I met, the conversations I had, the networking at the convention was quite astounding. The level of love that comes from this organisation is truly amazing,”

“I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned and building my business into something substantial.”

To apply online before the December 1 deadline, click here:

This program is supported by Delta Air Lines.